We aim to cater for the needs of all who visit Downsview Guesthouse. The building itself was constructed in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries and its general appearance is of late Victorian and early Edwardian. There are 13 bedrooms (all of which are en-suite) and one 2-bedroom apartment.
7 bedrooms are on the ground floor, a further six bedrooms are on the first floor with the apartment on the second floor. The following statement is a summary of our provisions.
We are situated 1.5 miles from Ashford town centre and 2.8 miles from Ashford International Railway Station. The following towns and cities are these distances away:
Canterbury 15 miles, Folkestone 15 miles, Maidstone 19 miles, London 55 miles.
There is a bus stop within close proximity.
Ashford has numerous taxi companies and there are also privately-run bus companies.
Ashford road infrastructure has recently been modified at great expense and now has the famous ‘shared space’. The M20 motorway junction has now been modified for greater traffic flow.
Arrival and Car Parking Facilities
Anticipated time of arrival is appreciated in order to facilitate all requirements. The car park is situated directly in front of the guesthouse and has a capacity to park 23 cars. Coaches can also access and park in the car park.
The surface of the car park is of gravel construction and surrounded by a dwarf wall of rock construction. Access to the building is via the front door (96cm wide), 3.4m in distance from the car park. There are two small steps between the car park and the front door. The first step is 16cm in height and the second step is 8cm. The porch is 5m by 1.25m and has quarry tiles for the flooring. There is also a concrete ramp to the pathway from the car park available for both wheelchairs and public use. We are always available to assist guests with the transportation of their luggage to their rooms.
Reception: Access from the front door to the Reception floor which is original Victorian tiling and has a dimension of 7.35m by 2.66m. Seating is available. On arrival, guests are greeted in the reception area to discuss our facilities and their requirements.
Stairs: Ground to first floor is of a construction which has 14 risers then a half landing and a further 5 risers. The risers are 115cm wide a depth of 29cm and a height of 17cm. First floor to second floor is 12 risers, quarter turn then 4 risers. These risers are 115cm wide a depth of 27cm and a height of 17cm.
First Floor Lobby: To access rooms 7 to 12 inclusive.
Lounge: Situated at ground floor level, on the left-hand side of access via the front door. Floor dimensions are 480cm by 480cm with a bay window 235cm by 104cm and an alcove 295cm by 180cm. The original fireplace has been kept. There is seating and tables where you can watch television, read or relax. We also have a fully licensed bar.
There is a door opening of 83cm by 202cm which leads to the
Dining Room: Situated at ground floor level, on the right hand side of access via the front door. Floor dimensions are 768cm by 468cm with a bay window 242cm by 111cm. There are 12 tables in total with seating for up to 27 people with various sizes of tables.
Guest Kitchen: Door opening of 83cm by 202cm. Ground floor level dimensions are 560cm by 195cm and 362cm by 150cm. Access is via the dining room. The Guest Kitchen houses the following equipment: microwave, toaster, fridge, crockery, cutlery, and a sink. For guests use to cook their own food in the evening and eat in the dining room. No food is allowed in the bedrooms and guests are requested to clean crockery/cutlery once finished.
Corridor to 6 ground floor bedrooms: Access via Guest Kitchen. Floor dimensions 1304cm by 100cm.
Ground Floor Level East Wing Bedrooms Complete with en-suite:
Bedroom 1: Double room 550cm by 280cm with en-suite shower room 186cm by 148cm
Bedrooms 2-6 inclusive: Twin/Double rooms 550cm by 340cm with en-suite shower room 186cm by 148cm. Bedroom and en-suite door size 76cm by 197cm.
First Floor Level Main Building – 6 Bedrooms
Bedroom 7: Double/Twin room 365cm by 440cm with en-suite shower room of 240cm by 100cm. Door size to bedroom 88cm by 202cm. Door size to en-suite 66cm by 195cm.
Bedroom 8: Double/Twin room 399cm by 440cm with en-suite shower room of 240cm by 100cm. Door size to bedroom 88cm by 202cm. Door size to en-suite 66cm by 195cm.
Bedroom 9: Family room 573cm by 487cm with full bathroom en-suite 240cm by 180cm. Door size to bedroom 84cm by 202cm. Door size to en-suite 76cm by 195cm.
Bedroom 10: Triple room 467cm by 392cm with full bathroom en-suite 240cm by 180cm. Door size to bedroom 84cm by 202cm. Door size to en-suite 76cm by 195cm.
Bedroom 11: Triple room 509cm by 420cm with full bathroom en-suite 228cm by 180cm. Door size to bedroom 76cm by 198cm. Door size to en-suite 76cm by 195cm.
Bedroom 12: Family room 480cm by 470cm with full bathroom en-suite 295cm by 180cm. Door size to bedroom 83cm by 202cm. Door size to en-suite 76cm by 195cm.
Bedroom 14: Double room 354cm by 486cm with en-suite shower room of 120cm by 228cm. Door size to bedroom 79cm by 177cm. Door size to en-suite 71cm y 197cm. Door size to garden 87cm by 250cm.
Bedrooms: The temperature of each guest bedroom is controlled by thermostatic control on the radiators. This is also the case in each en-suite bathroom/shower room. Each room has a hospitality tray complete with coffee, tea, hot chocolate, milk, biscuits and bottled water. Each room is equipped with a hairdryer, iron, ironing board, silent hotel fridge, clock radio, 32” flat screen television with Freeview channels, dressing table, wardrobe, drawers and bedside cabinet. The beds are of full hotel size.
Guest toilet: Situated on the first floor landing and comprising one enclosed cubicle and a wash basin complete with mirror. The floor area is 234cm by 205cm and has automatic lighting.
Gardens: To the side of the property is an outside seating area and to the rear is a lawn area which is available to all guests with ample seating and tables. The area of the garden is 30m by 30m.
Internal Summary: There are in total 13 bedrooms and a 2-bedroom apartment, lounge, dining room, guest kitchen, guest toilet and reception area. All areas are centrally heated and are electrically wired independently. Therefore, if lights trip in one room it does not affect the rest of the Guesthouse. All rooms have been designed to cater for our guests’ ease of movement, yet supplying all essentials for a fantastic stay. Good quality full-size hotel beds, hospitality tray complete with coffee, tea, hot chocolate, milk, biscuits and bottled water, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, silent hotel fridge, clock radio, 32” flat screen television with Freeview channels, dressing table, wardrobe, drawers and bedside cabinet.
Medical Attention: William Harvey Hospital Emergency Unit, incorporating C Doc. Kennington Road, Willesborough, Ashford, Kent TN24 0LZ
Telephone: 01233 633331
The hospital is situated 1 mile away on the same road.
Laundry: Laundry facilities are not available on site.
Shops: There are local shops within half a mile including a convenience store and a hairdresser.
There is a local Chinese and Indian takeaway and a fish & chip takeaway within half a mile walk. There are a number of fully licensed bars/restaurants in the near vicinity. Within a three mile radius there is Ashford Town Centre and three easily-accessible supermarkets. There is also the MacArthur Glen Designer Outlet and John Lewis at home within 3 miles of the guesthouse.
Leisure Facilities: Within half a mile on the same road as Downsview is the Julie Rose stadium – Ashford’s purpose-built Olympic-sized athletic stadium. Within 2.5 miles is the Stour Centre which includes a gym and swimming pool - including a leisure pool with flumes and raging river - a spa area, a café and a crèche.
Places of Interest: Kent is known as the Garden of England and the views for the rear garden give a good reason why as you look out amongst the rolling fields heading towards the South Downs. Other places of interest that guests may like to enjoy are the following (transport will be required): Howletts Zoo (near Canterbury), Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Canterbury Cathedral, Leeds Castle, Dover Castle, Dover White Cliffs Experience, Tenterden Vineyards and Sissinghurst Gardens.
Future Plans: We aim to reduce our carbon footprint by changes to heating and electricity.